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Amazon Glacier

13 Ratings

Carbonite Server Backup

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33 Ratings

Amazon Glacier

13 Ratings
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Carbonite Server Backup

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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Glacier

As described in the use case, it is perfect for backup data storage where you do not expect to retrieve the data often. Think of it as a data dump; it is nice to know you have a backup, but it actually is expensive and somewhat difficult to retrieve everything.
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Carbonite Server Backup

Our organization (library) is probably relatively small compared to other companies, so I don't know if my experience is typical. I feel that Carbonite is well suited for our situation and does exactly what we need, which is back up our data to the cloud so that it's more secure. We needed an off-site solution, and Carbonite worked well for us.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Data Center Backup

Amazon Glacier
Carbonite Server Backup
7.0
Universal recovery
Amazon Glacier
Carbonite Server Backup
8.2
Live recovery
Amazon Glacier
Carbonite Server Backup
8.2
Recovery verification
Amazon Glacier
Carbonite Server Backup
8.2
Business application protection
Amazon Glacier
Carbonite Server Backup
7.7
Multiple backup destinations
Amazon Glacier
Carbonite Server Backup
5.7
Incremental backup identification
Amazon Glacier
Carbonite Server Backup
6.8
Backup to the cloud
Amazon Glacier
Carbonite Server Backup
6.3
Deduplication and file compression
Amazon Glacier
Carbonite Server Backup
7.3
Snapshots
Amazon Glacier
Carbonite Server Backup
4.5

Pros

  • Cheap storage of backup data.
  • Can be used as a part of the entire suite of tools from Amazon, without requiring you to leave the familiar stack.
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  • It is very easy to select shared network drives. If you have it mapped on your profile, it finds them just as you find them each day as you use the network drives.
  • Click and go!
  • The screen is very easy to understand.
  • I love how you can validate your backup.
  • I can do a quick restore to an external local hard drive to test my data being backed up.
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Cons

  • Billing system isn't the smoothest to operate
  • Recalling information from glacier can run slow depending on type of data
  • Customer support
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  • I would love for Carbonite to backup my VMs from server 2012 R2 datacenter.
  • If a drive is not properly mapped, it won't let me browse to find it.
  • You must have your network drives mapped properly for it to find them for a backup.
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Usability

Amazon Glacier6.0
Based on 1 answer
It is difficult to delete the data as you have to wait for inventory and then bucket modification has to expire.
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Alternatives Considered

It is significantly cheaper than other services, however, it is because it actually is a slightly different service. The other services we've tried allow live reading/writing of data as needed, whereas Glacier is a "cold storage" service. So essentially your choice ends up being based on what you plan to do with your data: keep it indefinitely or retrieve and modify it (potentially often and multiple times).
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Carbonite Server Backup performs exceptionally well versus Barracuda Backup. One of the best features is the cost savings of not having to buy expensive equipment to keep in our office building. Plus, the ease of mind knowing our backup is being handled off site. Though Barracuda can offer this too, they require onsite equipment.
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Return on Investment

  • Inexpensive storage.
  • Ease of mind to know you still have the data somewhere in case you need it.
  • Set it and forget it (until you need it).
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  • No loss of data
  • Cost savings
  • No expensive recoveries
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Pricing Details

Amazon Glacier

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

Carbonite Server Backup

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details
Trial and paying customers have access to our valet install free of charge. Call and speak to a specialist who can remotely connect to your machine to ensure it's installed and configured correctly to protect your critical data.